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Hotter and wetter summer forecast
Oliver Taylor and his four-year-old daughter Heidi hope the grey skies will clear. Picture: Nic Ellis/The West Australian

All Oliver Taylor wants for Christmas is warm weather and sunshine.

The Welshman, who moved his young family to Perth in August, said he was looking forward to spending the festive season Down Under after a rainy and miserable summer in Britain.

While he may get the hot temperatures he wished for, he may not necessarily get clear, sunny skies.

According to the Weather Bureau, Perth has experienced the second warmest year on record, with an average of 25.2C over the 11 months.

Last year, the hottest year on record, had an average of 25.3C over the same period.

But Perth has also just had the wettest November in 21 years, recording 58.2mm of rainfall.

A bureau spokesman said more of the same was expected for the summer months, with above-average maximums and rainfall.

Summer’s start will be subdued this year with a maximum of 25C forecast for today before a top of 30C tomorrow.

Monday is expected to reach a maximum of 33C and Tuesday 37C.

Preparing for their first “warm Christmas”, Mr Taylor and his wife Lisa will try to stick to as many Welsh traditions as possible, albeit with an Aussie twist.

“I’m going to try to cook the turkey on the barbecue — it’ll be a first, but I think I’ll have a go and see how it turns out,” he said.

“As a family we have a tradition that we all go for a walk in the forest on Boxing Day — this year we’ll take everyone on a bushwalk.”

The West Australian

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